Ozarks Archive

Little Rock to Fayetteville: An Open Conversation About Collective Liberation with Omni Center

Members of the recently formed group Little Rock Collective Liberation will be visiting the Omni Center for Peace Justice and Ecology this coming Sunday to have a roundtable conversation about the larger concepts of collective liberation and the importance of building locally-based movements that work across wedge issues. Anyone interested in anti-racist work and building
Category: Arkansas

Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears

While doing some research on local Cherokee history this past week I was reminded of a University of Arkansas Press publication from 2005 entitled Stone Songs on the Trail of Tears: The Journey of an Installation. Written by artist Pat Musick with help from Jerry Carr and historian Bill Woodiel, the book documents the installation
Category: Arkansas

Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology

In April of this year the University of Arkansas press released the book Yonder Mountain: An Ozarks Anthology. A collection of writings by Ozark authors both past and present, this compilation features a mixture of both fiction and non fiction pieces and pays homage to the 1981 publication, Ozark, Ozark: A Hillside Reader. Compiled by
Category: Animals

“Single Pens, Saddlebags, and Dogtrots:” Log Building Exhibit from the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History located in Springdale, Arkansas regularly offers in-house exhibits on Ozark life. They are known for their extensive photo collection and regularly create online exhibits as well, such as the recent exhibit on Ozark log construction entitled, “Single Pens, Saddlebags, and Dogtrots.” Log cabins have become a backwoods stereotype. But
Category: Arkansas

Friday Video: Wild Horses of the Ozarks

Filmmaker David Abberton of Missouri is working on a film about bands of free-roaming horses that make their homes about halfway between Little Rock and St. Louis. Wild Horses of the Ozarks will feature footage of these horses in the wild combined with research and “oral histories of the Ozarkers along the Current and Jack’s Fork
Category: Animals

In the Logging Woods: Conversations with Bud Rector and J.L. Martin

Logging has long been an important industry in the state. The timber industry developed rapidly after the Civil War, expanding in all directions from the hardwoods and pines in the Ozark and Ouachita mountains to the hardwoods growing in the river bottoms of the Delta, according to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. In
Category: Arkansas

Dig In! Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas This Weekend.

It’s the time of year for seed swaps, garden plans, and discussions of small-scale agriculture If it seems like our site has become a bit-food centric these days it’s just because we believe that building local food systems is, at the very least, a potential step in the right direction towards more just and democratic
Category: Arkansas

Ozarks Quartz Silica Mines and Fracking in Izard County, Arkansas

Yesterday Ozarks at Large aired a recent piece by Jacqueline Froelich exploring strip mining in the north central Ozarks and its connection to fracking and the natural gas industry in Arkansas. Also known as “fracked sand,” this form of mining isn’t for coal but rather the thick deposits of quartz sand, critical to unconventional natural gas
Category: Arkansas

Monday Music: Jim and Kim Lansford

Late last week we heard from our friend’s Mike and Rachel Luster that musician Jim Lansford passed away at his home in Missourri. He was an amazing fiddler, banjo player, and flat picker. His harmonies with wife Kim Lansford were so tightly woven and beautiful. Thanks to Mike and Rachel, we first had the opportunity
Category: Monday Music